Back in about fourth grade, I bought this game without ever playing it. I thought the box art was cool and I saw it quickly featured on some television show that was talking about new games coming out.
What I love about this game is that it takes the coolest part of the Ikari Warriors Nintendo game and makes an entire game out of just that.
What am I talking about? I’m talking about driving a tank.
So think about how cool it is to drive the tank whenever you find one in Ikari Warriors. But then remember how much it sucked after you got it destroyed in like ten seconds.
Well, now imagine that you just get to play that entire game with nothing but the tank! And then envision that experience with much better graphics, more fluid gameplay and a lot less frustration as you get swarmed and overwhelmed by every soldier and vehicle that a country with actual military might could throw at you!
In a nutshell, that’s Iron Tank.
Okay, maybe I oversold it a bit but I still dig the hell out of this solid game and I still find it to be fun to play every few years when I’m cycling through my NES catalog of games.
Playing through it this time was a lot of fun and it brought me back to that place where I was at the first time I played it. For an 8-bit ’80s game, it has aged pretty well. I like this so much more than the more popular Ikari Warriors game series and really, this feels like the tank version of other military vehicle vertical scrollers like Jackal and the games from the 1942 series.
Pairs well with: other 8-bit military vertical scrollers like Jackal, Ikari Warriors, Commando, 1942 and all its sequels/prequels.